Hazardous Materials Response Unit

The EMS/HAZMAT office, located at Headquarters – Station 1, oversees multiple components of day-to-day operations, including the maintenance and renewal of all medical licensing/certifications held by the department and its personnel, HAZMAT certifications, equipment/supplies, purchasing and maintenance, covering everything from uniforms, to radios, to apparatuses. The office also coordinates closely with local and state emergency management agencies to prevent and respond to any and all natural or man-made emergencies.

About the Team

The HazMat response team has 17 specialists, 5 technicians, and 34 first responders. The State of Alabama certifies all. These personnel have received many hours in training and field experience. From handling leaks, spills and escaping gasses, to understanding the law of hazardous materials themselves the response team is committed to protecting the citizens of Opelika. 


The response truck carries state-of-the-art equipment such as Level A suits for working in dangerous environments, high pressure air bottles, a portable power plant, air compressor, decontamination equipment, leak plugging equipment, ditch and damming equipment, non-sparking lighting, chemical absorbent pads and storage containers, just to name a few.